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Ms Kaitlyn Marie Braybrooke

Post:Research student (Media and Film)
Other posts:Research Student (Sussex Humanities Lab)
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Kat is a digital anthropologist, curator and maker [] whose work examines the effects and implications of digital making practices, in particular the links between grassroots communities and inclusivity; she is a co-founder of the Open Design and Hardware Network and has worked for the past decade for a variety of cause-based organisations including Mozilla, the Open Knowledge Foundation and Open Media to empower marginalized users of the web.

In 2011, Kat received a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) at UCL for an ethnography of gender and identity issues amongst 30 Millennial-aged hackers across Europe. Her doctoral work, funded by the Sussex Humanities Lab, in collaboration with the Tate and supervised by Dr Tim JordanDr Caroline Bassett and Dr Rebecca Sinker, builds on this work by exploring user experiences at shared machine shops (sites with digital tools and mentors to help people make things) as they open within large cultural institutions in London.

Combining historiographies of hacking-as-practice and shared machine shop communities in the U.K. with empirical data, and working from Doreen Massey’s theory of space as power-geometry, ‘collections makerspaces’ are introduced as fourth-wave exemplars of the shared machine shop canon through a researcher-in-residence ethnography conducted at three such sites within the Tate Britain, the British Museum and the Wellcome Collection.

To get in touch, find Kat on Twitter or email

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Doctoral Researcher, Sussex Humanities Lab Scholarship, University of Sussex
Visiting Lecturer, Design Products MA, Royal College of Art
Editorial Board, Journal of Peer Production


2015-2019: PhD Media and Cultural Studies (In Progress), University of Sussex, UK.
2010-2011: MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction), University College London, UK.
2008-2009: Next Up Leadership Fellow, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canada. 
2004-2009: BA Political Science, University of British Columbia, Canada.
2005-2007: AA Peace and Conflict Studies, Langara College, Canada.